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I found the moderator edits of the two questions to be surprising and uncomfortable to see. I'm not used to seeing edits that materially change the content of answers on SE. (In particular, in the second case, it even forced an answer with 4 bullet-points to only have 3, and wind up renumbering everything.) I find it to be a compelling observation that it's ...


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As the comments have already mentioned, downvoting spam really doesn't cost you any rep at all. Downvoting questions never costs rep, and downvoting answers temporarily costs 1 point, but if the answer gets deleted (as it will with spam), you get your point back. However, it is still recommended that you not downvote spam and simply flag it instead, per ...


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It's a great idea to be cleaning up old questions that should never be answered, thank you! I think we should be careful about being too aggressive with this, though. The query picked up a number of quite recently closed questions, including several that are still new enough to be described as "on hold" instead of "closed". That language is deliberate, to ...


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Use flags by their intent: Why are the moderators being so strict with quality related flags recently? Flagging a post for moderator review What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they work? If you flag a spam post, use the spam flag and not moderator attention. A mod can certainly delete the content, but the community ...


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From English Language and Usage - Is “I'm screwed” a rude expression? - The first answer is It's something you wouldn't say to your grandmother, perhaps, but it is a very common euphemism people use to avoid saying something stronger. It's used in everything from pop songs to commentaries by TV talk show hosts. Seriously, in most walks of society screwed is ...


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Try to fix content that is salvageable Some folks will post a kernel of a good idea and let it die. Maybe some "SEO" expert will answer with good information, but ruin it with a link back to their site, i.e. making the point of the post promotional. Instead of voting to close and removing content that will make the Internet better, fix the post. Add ...


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In the case where a answer is clearly wrong as a matter of fact, are the moderators expected and/or obligated to delete it? The system is not designed for moderators or Stack Exchange to delete incorrect answers. The correct way to handle an incorrect answer is to downvote it, preferably with an explanation why. If there is an existing explanatory comment ...


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I think you misunderstand the term "straight question of fact". When it comes to laws, especially the US tax laws, there's not really such thing in many cases. Even in this answer, you yourself were not able to chase down some of the terms defined in the statutes we linked. I keep mentioning this all the time in many answers - in taxes a lot of things are ...


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In general you can raise a custom flag if you want to discuss a mod decision (or raise it on meta as you've done). In this case I was responding to a not-an-answer flag from another user and on balance I agreed with it, though I accept it was borderline. The fact that it had already had multiple downvotes also swayed me. I've undeleted it now.


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Member @Brick has left. To the question here, SE expectation is the voting system will most often rank the best answers with upvotes and incorrect ones down. That's the nature of crowdsourcing. Part of the system is that anyone can edit anything. So when I make a mistake, I expect to get a comment or suggested edit that makes the answer correct. There ...


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The "other side" is a high "rep" user and a moderator, who have essentially called Chris stupid ("I'm not here to teach you to read, if you're more than 3 years old that ship has sailed.") and have told Chris that he must be wrong because high rep users on this site haven't heard of this ("I guess what I am stuck on is the idea that if this were true, wouldn'...


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Can we all be satisfied enough with getting a little bit our way and not being totally satisfied? I upvoted the answer by "GS - Apologise to Monica", despite that I disagree with the actions taken, and might not even like the answer. But, the answer is useful (which is supposed to be the criteria for upvoting, according to the tooltips), as the ...


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Because not all questions are good. When the OP first posted My sister-in-law is an idiot and has decided she wants to take part time college classes so she doesn't have to make payments on her private student loan I resisted the impulse to close the question. Even after the kind edits, I took a moment to find - From ConsumerFinance.gov When do I need to ...


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In general we don't allow questions asking for help on how to commit crimes in the future. If you've done something stupid in the past and want help resolving the situation it's different, even if it was potentially criminal. Such a question is not "not nice", if you'll excuse the double negative. I deleted your comment responding to a flag, and I ...


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There is misinformation everywhere on the internet, and our site is not immune. Stack Exchange is written by people, and as a result, it is not perfect. Having said that, I think Stack Exchange, and our site in particular, has a lot of good features that make the information here more reliable than many other sites. The voting system, the editing system,...


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I'm not a mod here, but I have been a mod at one site or another on SE for several years now. I absolutely would have made the same edit. Answers should not make personal judgements, and in particular not attack anyone's character. "Be nice" applies not only to the original poster, but to everyone - including the poster's mother. Unless it's ...


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The question here should be a straight question of fact. There's no real opinion involved - Either the law requires plan sponsors to allow participants to get out or it doesn't. There are two answers that differ on which is allowed. For sure, one or the other is factually wrong. "Voting" is not going to resolve this in general. I think voting does resolve ...


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FLIP FLOP - MOD WAFFLING ALERT I opened it based on financial literacy Firstly, if the answers devolved into political back and forth, I would remove it. The answer that is there seems to be thoughtful and balance. The reason I wouldn't unilaterally open it is exactly because you found a better home at politics.SE. If you wanted to know why how or what, ...


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If this is too offensive, good, that's the point. This is why I strongly feel that "your girlfriend is a scammer" is a straw man argument.* It's common to use Google translate to communicate. I frequently get emails intended for a business in Europe, and to be kind, I reply in French or Spanish to let the writer know they have the wrong guy. To use ...


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I have doubts this would be workable. A lot of answers are in practice based on a mix of objective/official evidence and personal experience. It would become another nasty judgement call landed on moderators (along with "is this poster spamming or posting a helpful URL?"). I'd prefer to stick with the practice of challenging answers in comments - ...


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Yes, we should ask our ◇ moderators to apply post notices to answers when they make claims of fact that are not supported by evidence. Personal Finance questions should generally be answerable with evidence-backed answers, and given the possible impact of some answers here we should expect those answering questions to provide evidence for their statements ...


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